Morning Update

Last night when I went to bed I could see the cloud from the fire glowing orange on the horizon…either the fire or the firefighter’s lights illuminating the smoke.  The fire burned its way to the coast overnight through the mountains.  It is now 10 percent contained, and that 10 percent is on the side threatening the homes.

The wind here as remained light so far this morning which is good news.

Found this map showing satellite heat readings over an image of the region:


The green triangle is where it started yesterday morning. The yellow circles are heat detections that have cooled some, so the fire is going out there. The red are new hot spots. I live along the highway in the upper right corner of the map. You can get a sense of the rugged terrain the fire is moving through.

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6 Responses to Morning Update

  1. Jo Woolf says:

    That’s a big area! But it looks as if it’s being driven towards the coast. Hoping to hear that it’s all been put out soon! I wish I could send you some of our rain to dampen it all.


    • Oldcat says:

      California has a strange relationship with rain. Rain before a fire is bad as it makes fuel for the next fire. Rain during a fire is great. Rain after a fire is terrible as mudslides can kill too.

      Thanks for the good thoughts.


  2. Oldcat says:

    Afternoon – the upper third of the red-orange areas seem to be going out. However, the wind (although not high) seems to be shifting to drive the fire to the right sideways, along the mountains. That little valley you can see (Hidden Valley) in front of that is being evacuated.

    up to 1000 fighters and a dozen aircraft and choppers dropping water on the fire now.


  3. kimkiminy says:

    Glad you’re east of all of it.


  4. My gosh, that’s huge! We hope they control it soon and get it out! I don’t know how you can be so calm, I’d be freaking!


    • Oldcat says:

      I’ll have to show you the fires we’ve already been through on the map. The areas are huge, but empty mountains and the firemen just let them go and try and hold the line at any valuable buildings.

      In this current fire, only 17 dwellings have been damaged and none lost. some outbuildings have burned, and some empty RVs in an RV park.

      To get to me, some 110,000 people would have to lose their homes and jobs first. That’s how many people live in the valley that lies between me and the fire.

      The fire fighters here are very good at their jobs! or non-jobs, since a lot are volunteers.


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